Values-based decision making is a thread that runs across our entire MBA curriculum. Through immersive courses in sustainability, equity and social impact, UCLA Anderson prepares students to address society’s most pressing challenges and graduate with a clear understanding of how positive social impact can be achieved across all sectors, industries and functions of the working world.

MGMT298D: Impact Creation, Analysis & Evaluation
Jennifer Walske

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations



The role of investing in projects that create desirable social change has traditionally been within the realm of non-profit organizations and governments. Can private capital markets and for-profit organizations also play a significant role? This course provides a high-level overview of the areas in which you can create meaningful impact through your career, as well as taking a deep dive into impact evaluation.


MGMT295F: Social Entrepreneurship - Business Models for Social Impact
Gayle Northrop

Continuing Lecturer
Senior Faculty Advisor, Impact@Anderson



Introduction to different business models for social impact and to the fundamental opportunities and challenges of designing, funding, managing and scaling enterprises with a social missionThe course introduces frameworks for understanding and analyzing problems facing society and cultivate critical thinking skills to identify diverse ways to address those problems through sustainable programs and enterprises.


MGMT298D: Technology & Society: A Dynamic Relationship and The Changing Role of Leaders (New for Spring 2021)
Terry Kramer

Adjunct Professor of Decisions, Operations and Technology Management; Faculty Director, UCLA Anderson Easton Technology Management Center


This course will look at the dynamic and disruptive nature of technology – – enhancing outcomes that benefit enterprises and society collectively in areas such as financial services, education and healthcare. It will look at the unique ability of new technologies whether based on high speed networks, artificial intelligence or cloud computing coupled with new business models such as the platform-based businesses and the shared economy to create transformational offerings which benefits both businesses and society. Cases exploring the disruptive effects of platform based, online education, low cost telehealth solutions and new digital platforms for payments and financial transactions which create a multiplier effect of economic growth in developing markets will be covered... Ultimately, this course will look at the changing role of leaders in all sectors –– in business and government and their role in supporting technology-based innovation to serve a multitude of stakeholders while minimizing unintended consequences and negative externalities.


MGMT225: Law & Management of Nonprofits
Jane Guerin

Senior Continuing Lecturer, Accounting


Introduction to important legal, financial, and management issues confronting nonprofit organizations. Topics include how to start nonprofit tax-exempt organizations, qualifying and maintaining tax-exempt status under IRC Code Section 501(c)(3), corporate governance, political and legislative activity restrictions, and strategic planning, fundraising, nonprofit accounting, and employment law.


MGMT298E: Leading for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Heather Caruso

Assistant Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion;
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations and Behavioral Decision Making


Considerations of the challenges and opportunities of leading an equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization. This course considers the challenges and opportunities of leading an equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization, focusing on key insights and evidence-based strategies for addressing them. Recognizing that great benefit ​can ​come from full participation, authentic communication, and constructive collaboration in diverse communities, this course deepens insight into how ​leaders may evoke and sustain those experiences.


MGMT298E: Energy, Climate Change and Finance
Bradford Cornell& Ivo Welch

Bradford Cornell, Professor Emeritus
Ivo Welch, Distinguished Professor of Finance, J. Fred Weston Chair in Finance


This half-course has three objectives. First, to introduce students to data on energy usage and its impact. Second, to examine the tradeoffs associated with continued use of fossil fuels. Third, to assess the costs and benefits of a transition to a much greater reliance on renewable sources of energy. This includes exploring options for financing what can be called the great transformation.


MGMT271A: Medtech Innovation I: Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Medical Technology
Wentai Liu

Distinguished Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), Brain Research Institute (BRI)


A framework for developing medical device innovations and preparation for careers in healthcare, product development, and entrepreneurship. The two-quarter course provides guided learning in lean startup principles, design thinking ideology, value proposition development, brainstorming techniques, and tools for clinical concept generation.


MGMT275: Current Topics in Emerging Technologies: Health Care Technology
Jennifer McCaney

Adjunct Assistant Professor


This course addresses technologies and platforms poised to disrupt the healthcare industry, which have the potential to alter the delivery of healthcare through improved patient value, increased cost savings or change in the practice of medicine. Topics include digital health, electronic medical records, personalized medicine and diagnostics, wireless sensing and remote monitoring, cloud connectivity, telemedicine, mobile health platforms, social networks, big data and predictive analytics, and bioinformatics. Includes representatives from venture capital and technology start-up communities.


MGMT252: Persuasion and Influence
Noah Goldstein

Professor of Management and Organizations, Bing ('86) and Alice Liu Yang Endowed Term Chair in Teaching Excellence


Practical strategies to communicate with, persuade, and more generally influence others in everyday conversation, written work, presentations, etc.


MGMT246A: Business and the Environment
Magali Delmas

Professor of Management
Faculty Director, Impact@Anderson



This course considers major questions about the role of business in mitigating environmental degradation. It puts emphasis on corporate strategies that deliver value to shareholders while responding to environmental concerns. For example, some firms successfully adopt environmental differentiation strategies to respond to customers environmental concerns; other firms use environmental concerns as a way to generate costs savings within the business; yet other firms seek to influence government regulation in order to impose their standard on competition. The course examines environmental issues in each of the main areas of the MBA program: finance, marketing, operations, supply-chain management, accounting, entrepreneurship and strategy. 


MGMT298E: Accounting, Finance & ESG (New for Spring 2021)
Brad Sparks

Executive Director, The Prince of Wales's Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Project


Examination of the relevance of social and environmental risks and opportunities to Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), finance teams, and the wider capital markets. Emphasis on practical application and integration of ESG within financial decision-making, investment, and external disclosure. (2 units)


MGMT298H: Impact Investing in Social Ventures
Jennifer Walske

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations


Introduction to impact investing, navigating the issues faced in the emerging field of social venture capital. Note: this course spans 2 quarters (4 units total, 2 units per quarter)


MGMT298E: Affordable Housing Development
Andrew David Gross

Lecturer in Affordable Housing Finance and Development


The course familiarizes students with the site selection and acquisition process, and explores the complexities associated with land use, entitlements, and the political landscape.  The course teaches how to evaluate the various financing tools available to affordable housing developers, including low income housing tax credits, tax-exempt bond financing, and various federal, state and local funding sources.  The course also evaluates disruptive technologies and influences in the housing industry.


MGMT298D: Values, Ethics and Tradeoffs
Eugene Caruso

Associate Professor of Management and Organizations and Behavioral Decision Making


Practical tools to help one navigate difficult choices as a leader: how do you effectively work with, negotiate with, or make decisions with those whose values, priorities, or incentives are different from your own? 


MGMT298D: Non-Market Risks and Understanding Politics: Global Context of Doing Business
Christine Loh

Visiting Professor, Former Government Minister, Hong Kong S.A.R. Government


Considerations of the global political environment and how it affects business.


MGMT293: Ethical Considerations in Business
Bill Cockrum & Brian Farrell

Bill Cockrum, Adjunct Professor of Finance
Brian Farrell, Adjunct Professor of Marketing


A review of ethical considerations in business decisions involving the individual, the corporation, society, and international business.


MGMT421B: Choice Architecture: How to Nudge Others to Make Better Decisions
Craig Fox

Harold Williams Chair and Professor of Management


An examination of the tools of choice architectures, drawing on the disciplines of behavioral economics and experimental psychology to analyze economic models of decision-makingThe course examines a wide range of applications—from promoting retirement saving to energy conservation to public health; from exercising and healthy eating to public safety. The range of potential application is far wider and will be relevant to the work of for-profit, non-profit, government, and nongovernment organizations.


MGMT254: Incentives and Motivations in Organizations
Corinne Bendersky

Professor of Management and Organizations


An introduction to a wide variety of modern incentive systems, both monetary and non-monetary, as well as the cutting-edge technology that help managers optimize the employee experience.


MGMT250D: Patterns of Problem Solving
Iris Firstenberg

Adjunct Professor of Management and Organizations


Theory and practice of critical thinking skills that will enhance one's ability to respond to novel and complex situations.